mHealth-Digital Health

Proposed from World Economic Forum: "Digital health harnesses the transformational power of modern information and communication technologies for improving health and healthcare throughout the world." Plus alias terminology.

Telehealth takes off in rural areas

New report: 42 percent of U.S. hospitals have adopted telehealth platforms.

02/04/2014

Telemediine keeps seniors out of nursing homes

Using a Health monitoring device that is part of a system called the MobileCare Monitor, nurses' aides can respond quickly if there's a fall.

01/14/2014

The real seniors will be responsible for themselves

What do we mean by senior? Well, it depends on where you stand and what you are reading. Seen through the Google Glassy lens of young adults, it’s everyone aged 50+, that is, the AARP market demographic, who might be considered a senior. Or perhaps it is age 65, when Medicare eligibility and public transit discounts appear. Age 65 is also the statistical baseline for longevity projections – 20 more years of life expectancy, with one in four projected to live past 90. Now mull over a new Pew global survey about attitudes on aging -- the US stood out as "one of very few countries where a large plurality of the public believes individuals are primarily responsible for their own well-being in old age." Consider that point and read on. >>> Read more . . .

Hospital discharge – why isn’t a picture worth 1000 words?

How do elderly patients and their caregivers leave the hospital?  Apparently with reams of paper that include post-hospital care instructions and medication lists.  In addition, a patient receives detailed verbal instructions from a nurse, perhaps for wound care, plus reminders to follow up with the doctor.  Note the 'best practice' outlined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality -- more paper. Yet in the age of smartphone adoption by boomers – more than half of Pew responders were in the 35-44 age range, 39% were 55-64 – something seems odd about this document-intensive process. Consider a scenario in which an elderly person is going home, driven by a family member, or perhaps they are going to a rehab facility/nursing home.   >>> Read more . . .

It’s the software, silly. Bringing biometric tracking to the masses isn’t all about devices

EarlySense uses a pressure sensor algorithm to remind a clinician if a patient should be turned.

 

11/18/2013

Is that digital health revenue in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

Digital Health startups - should their focus should be on how to attract users and produce data? What about revenue?

01/25/2014

In 2014, will technology for seniors be absorbed into digital health?

A long holiday stretch ends.  No, I’m not talking about Christmas decorations in shopping malls. The media frenzy that was CES 2014 may soon wane away, although post mortems and predictions persist. So let’s review: there were Silvers Summit exhibitors (6) and then there was Digital Health (77). For CES health-related overall, count 170 per Mobile Health News – and that includes "e-Cigarette makers that categorized themselves as Digital Health."  See one of a few cynical posts – where we can find a new word -- track-a-holism -- and a new slogan -- "sitting is the new smoking." But in the Digital Health exhibit list, note the presence of GrandCare and Independa – two long-standing players in what could have been categorized at a different event as senior technology.  >>> Read more . . .

CES: Digital health progress raises all sorts of new questions

Why were health and fitness displays so close to e-cigarette booths -- is sitting the new smoking?

01/14/2014
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